Articles posted September 9, 2005

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

TOBA Honors Stronach and the Melnyks

Frank Stronach of Adena Springs and Eugene and Laura Melnyk were the big winners during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's national awards dinner Friday night at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.

California Relief Campaign Tops $250,000

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The "Racing With Heart" fundraising campaign being conducted by the California horseracing industry will continue indefinitely at various racetracks and wagering locations throughout the state in support of victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Shakespeare Steps Up in Belmont BC 'Cap

The undefeated Shakespeare makes his graded stakes debut in the $200,000-added Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) Sunday at Belmont Park, taking on a field that includes grade I winner Meteor Storm and grade II winner Greek Sun.

Preliminary OK Given Bay Meadows Plan

The Bay Meadows development plan gained approval from the San Mateo Planning Commission at its Sept. 8 meeting and has been sent to the City Council for consideration later this month.

Shaniko to Scratch from Woodward; Dutrow to Run Three

Aaron and Marie Jones' Shaniko will be scratched from Saturday's Woodward Stakes (gr. I), racing manager Buzz Chace said Friday after talking to the Joneses and trainer Todd Pletcher. With Shaniko out, trainer Rick Dutrow will run both Crafty Player and Show Boot as pacesetters for Saint Liam.

Grass Champion Mac Diarmida Dead

Mac Diarmida, who starting winning and winning and winning once he was switched to the grass, was euthanized Sept. 8 at Kevin and Jessica Hartigan's Cashel Stud near Ocala, Fla.

Knowlton Resigns as 'Friends' Director in New York

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Due to his appointment to the Committee on the Future of Racing in New York, Jack Knowlton, managing partner of Sackatoga Stable, has resigned from the board of directors of Friends of New York Racing.

Louisiana Horsemen Carrying On

A unique Fair Grounds at Louisiana Downs meet is not expected to have any effect on the way the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Association distributes breeders' awards money, according to Tom Early, LTBA executive director.

Turf Festival Highlights Kentucky Downs Meet

Thoroughbred racing returns to Kentucky Downs on Saturday,
Sept. 17 for a six-day racing season, which concludes on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The highlight of the season is the $450,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Festival, featuring four stakes races, on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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